The state government of Kerala is set to launch Kerala Design Festival by scaling up the existing Kochi Design Week, KDW, format by integrating multiple events. It is working towards developing a design policy for promoting sustainable infrastructure that employs innovative designs for habitats and smart cities. The announcement was made by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister - Kerala, on the sidelines of KDW 2019, organised by the state government's IT and Electronics department.
Stressing on the fact that design had an inherent potential across disciplines, Kerala government will work with the Kerala Startup Mission and similar agencies to assess the areas that required stronger focus amid an ongoing mission to rebuild the states infrastructure. As the state administration strives to rebuild Kerala into a "better, more resilient and environment-friendly place," the Chief Minister said that "design thinking" and "creative design experiences" could quicken up the mission. He further added that Kerala could play a lead role in creativity domain.
To make Kerala the world's creative hub, Vijayan reiterated that the government will build a design-centric 'Centre of Excellence' in Kochi, with hardware and software facilities, fab-labs and prototyping facilities besides talent-grooming and community development initiatives.
KDW 2019 saw experts and enthusiasts exchange ideas that are possible inputs to a long-term development plan for Kerala through futuristic technology and architecture. More than 100 speakers from within India and 12 other countries addressed sessions and workshops as well as master classes before 3,000-plus design professionals, architects, interior designers, thought leaders, policymakers and government officials.